Watchdog warns of Army cuts 'risks'

Cuts to the size of the Army come with "significant risks" that could "significantly affect the Army's ability to achieve its objectives and value for money", the public spending watchdog has warned in a damning assessment of the process.

Army cuts decision 'taken without appropriate testing'

A decision to cut regular armed forces, while doubling reservists, was "taken without appropriate testing of feasibility" the National Audit Office have said.

Regular forces numbers will drop from 102,000 to 82,000. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The National Audit Office issued a statement saying that "military judgment played an important role in decisions."

They added: "Committing to moving towards an Army structure with fewer regular soldiers and an increased number of reserves within the planned timescale, should have been subject to more rigorous testing of feasibility."

Regular forces numbers will drop from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018, with the report saying that without a "significant change in performance", the target may not be hit until 2025.

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£1.1bn armed forces savings won't affect 'equipment'

An annual shortfall in army savings will need to be found from cuts across the armed forces "other than equipment," the National Audit Office said today.

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship tweeted:

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The £1.1bn annual shortfall in savings will need to be found from cuts "across the armed forces from budget areas other than equipment" <NAO

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Despite cutting regular Army by fifth to save cash @naoorguk estimates MoD won't make savings it had planned. Will be £1.1bn PER YEAR short

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NatAuditOffice: "significant risks" in new Army structure & shortfall in recruitment of new reserves "will up the pressure on regular units"

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